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Orange County Central Men’s Jail
550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

714-647-4666

The Orange County Central Men’s Jail is the main jail in Orange County California. While the police in the cities and towns in Orange County can arrest and detain offenders, the Orange County Central Men’s Jail is the facility that is accredited by California to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Orange County Central Men’s Jail is located at:
550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703 

It can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 714-647-4666.

The main reason that people call 714-647-4666 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Orange County Central Men’s Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Orange County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Orange County Central Men’s Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Orange County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Orange County Central Men’s Jail has approximately 28560 bookings, with a daily average of 1428 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 357.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Orange County Central Men’s Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

Go to this page for other jails in Orange County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county.

Unlike the California Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Orange County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the California Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

Orange County Central Men’s Jail INMATE VISITATION SCHEDULE 
550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

  • Look up which facility your inmate is in. Retrieve their booking number.
  • Call 714-647-4666, or more specifically the Visitation Scheduling line to schedule an appointment Monday-Friday between 8:00AM and 5:00PM.
  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • Visiting days are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Visiting is limited to two (2) visits for each inmate each week.
DAY TIME
FRIDAY 8:00AM - 5:00PM
SATURDAY 8:00AM - 5:00PM
SUNDAY 8:00AM - 5:00PM
MONDAY 8:00AM - 5:00PM

To find out court dates, court locations or an inmate's bail amount, call 714-935-6940.

To find out all the information; exact inmate visitation scheduling, policies, rules & guidelines, including how many people can come each visit, of the Orange County Central Men’s Jail, check out our Inmate Visitation page.


 

How to Deposit Money in an Inmate's Commissary Account at Orange County Central Men’s Jail

Inmates are allowed to have an account at the facility in order to purchase commissary items such as snacks, hygeine products, phone cards and stationary. These are the instructions on how to deposit money with them, pick up money they had with them when they were arrested, and how much money they need.


For complete information on inmate money and commissary issues, specifically where to drop or send deposits, what form the deposits must be in, maximum amounts the inmate can have, and more, check out our Inmate Money page.


 

How, What and Where can you Mail Something to an Inmate in Orange County Central Men’s Jail?

Postcards & Envelopes
The Orange County Central Men’s Jail allows regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates. There are a number of restictions that are oulined on the Inmate Mail page.

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate name and booking number (required information)
Orange County Sheriff's Department
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703


Newspapers, Magazines & Books
Local or national newspapers, news, special interest or sports magazines, and soft cover books may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher or a third party service such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate name and booking number (required information)
Orange County Sheriff's Department
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703

For complete mail policies of what is allowed and what is NOT allowed, pertaining to inmate mail, newspapers, magazines, books or anything else mailed or shipped to an inmate, check out out Inmate Mail Page. 


 

How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail by Phone

Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)

  • Advance Pay - This phone account allows you to prepay so that your inmate can call you (and only you) whenever he/she wants and the cost of each call is deducted from your balance. You can even be notified by text when your balance gets low. You still have the option of accepting or rejecting each call.
  • Pin Debit  -  This option allows you to fund an inmate's commissary account and lets him pay for phone calls to you and others with the money. You will have no control over who your inmate calls.
  • Voicemail  -  You can leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail (call Customer Service at 877-650-4249 to get the local voicemail number for Orange County Central Men’s Jail, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number. Then, record your voicemail.

For full instructions on the Orange County Central Men’s Jail Inmate Phone System, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Inmate Phones Page.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Orange County Central Men’s Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Orange County Central Men’s Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Orange County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Orange County Central Men’s Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Orange County Central Men’s Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Orange County Central Men’s Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
California Orange 1,428


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Inmate name and booking number (required information)
Orange County Sheriff's Department
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California?
There are 1428 inmates in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Orange County Central Men’s Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California every year?
In 2021, a total of 28560 offenders were booked into the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail.

How many people work at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California?
The Orange County Central Men’s Jail maintains a staff of approximately 357. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. California law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Orange County Central Men’s Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 714-647-4666 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a California prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in California?
The Orange County Central Men’s Jail address and phone number is: 550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703. Their phone number is 714-647-4666. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Orange County Central Men’s Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Orange County Central Men’s Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Orange County Central Men’s Jail?
Call 714-647-4666 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Orange County Central Men’s Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail.

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